Noah Vedral is coming home.
The former Wahoo (Neb.) Bishop Neumann quarterback spent his freshman season at Central Florida with coach Scott Frost, but things changed when Frost left for his alma mater. Vedral — whose father Mike Vedral, as well as his uncles Mark Vedral, Jon Vedral and Matt Turman, played for the Huskers — was ready to return to Nebraska, too.
“The chance to play at home is a special thing,” Vedral told the Omaha World-Herald. “It would be special to be back home.”
It wasn’t an easy decision for Vedral. UCF didn’t release him, so Vedral instead will begin his Nebraska career as a walk-on. As HuskerOnline.com’s Sean Callahan noted, “When the time is right, he will be put on scholarship by Frost and his staff.”
In the meantime, what does Vedral’s transfer mean for Nebraska? Let’s take a look at where he fits immediately and where he fits in the future.
Where he fits now
Nebraska’s quarterback situation in 2018 is going to be interesting. After the departure of starting quarterback Tanner Lee for the NFL draft, the position is now wide open. Sophomore Patrick O’Brien, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and freshman Adrian Martinez are all on campus and expected to battle for the starting spot this spring.
For Vedral, he won’t be eligible to compete for the starting role in 2018 but that doesn’t mean he’s any less valuable. In fact, he has a unique perspective that none of the quarterbacks on Nebraska’s roster currently has. Vedral knows Frost.
The key for Nebraska is that Vedral is familiar with the offense that Frost wants to run. He even ran it himself as the No. 2 quarterback at UCF behind McKenzie Milton. He took snaps during the 2017 season as a freshman, appearing in 8 games at quarterback.
Vedral completed 22 of 29 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 77 yards and 2 scores. In fact, his first collegiate touchdown came on a 13-yard run against East Carolina.
That familiarity will prove to be invaluable for Nebraska this spring. Vedral already has enrolled at Nebraska, per school records. He also plans to practice this spring, and that could be a huge benefit to players such as O’Brien, Gebbia and Martinez as they adjust to Frost and his offense.
Where he fits later
After sitting out the 2018 season, Vedral will have an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback position in 2019. While it’s hard to project where he’ll be a year from now, there’s reason to believe he’ll fit Frost’s system at Nebraska much like he did at UCF.
Nebraska never offered Vedral a scholarship out of high school, which surprised many fans. He racked up 6,811 total yards and 77 career touchdowns during his high school career.
Vedral left Wahoo Neumann a very decorated athlete, having helped his football team to the Class C-1 state championship game as a senior, as well as three Class C-1 state titles in basketball during his high school career. What the Huskers did not see in Vedral then, Frost did. And two years after Frost made his offer, Vedral appears to still be a good fit for a spread passing offense.
Whatever the case, Vedral’s future with Nebraska depends a lot on what happens in 2018. There’s still no guarantee a quarterback currently on the Huskers’ roster may not transfer. That could change the conversation surrounding Vedral a bit come 2019.
In the meantime, Vedral culturally fits the type of player that Frost wants on his roster. That is as a valuable all-around in the quarterback, both in the present and the future.